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Ukrainian soldiers observed ‘using North Korean rockets taken from Russians’ – latest



Ukrainian soldiers have been observed using North Korean rockets which they claim were seized by a “friendly” country before reaching Ukraine, according to a new report.

Ukraine’s defence ministry suggested the arms were captured from the Russians, the Financial Times reported on Saturday.

The US has accused North Korea of providing arms to Russia, including alleged shipments by sea, but North Korea and Russia deny conducting arms transactions.

The North Korean weapons were shown by Ukrainian troops operating Soviet-era Grad multiple-launch rocket systems near the destroyed eastern city of Bakhmut, the site of lengthy, brutal fighting, the report said.

Meanwhile, a missile strike on Dnipro on Friday left at least nine people injured, including two teenagers between 14 and 17 years of age, according to Serhii Lysak, the head of the region’s military administration.

Ukraine has also made some progress in driving back Russian troops, the commander on the southern front said on Friday, as Kyiv’s counteroffensive appears to be escalating and ramping up after months of slow progress amid tight Russian defences.

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Ukraine uses North Korean rockets to blast Russian forces, report says

Ukrainian soldiers have been observed using North Korean rockets which they claim were seized by a “friendly” country before reaching Ukraine, according to a new report.

Ukraine’s defence ministry suggested the arms were captured from the Russians, the Financial Times reported on Saturday.

The US has accused North Korea of providing arms to Russia, including alleged shipments by sea, but North Korea and Russia deny conducting arms transactions.

The North Korean weapons were shown by Ukrainian troops operating Soviet-era Grad multiple-launch rocket systems near the destroyed eastern city of Bakhmut, the site of lengthy, brutal fighting, the report said.

Earlier this week, Russia’s defence minister Sergei Shoigu had made a rare visit to Pyongyang to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, the first visit by Moscow’s top defence official since the 1991 break-up of the Soviet Union.

Stuti Mishra29 July 2023 06:06

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At least 9 injured in missile attack in Dnipro, Ukrainian military official says

A missile strike on Dnipro left at least nine people injured, according to Serhii Lysak, the head of the region’s military administration.

Those injured include two teenagers between ages 14 and 17, two women who are around 20 years of age, a 77-year-old woman and four men between 18 and 53 years old.

Doctors said the injured victims are in “satisfactory condition” and will be treated at home, according to Mr Lysak.

Stuti Mishra29 July 2023 06:30

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ICMYI: How significant are territorial advances made by Ukraine so far?

Ukraine has reported regaining further ground from invading Russian forces along the eastern and southern fronts in July as its counteroffensive continues, following on from the liberation of a number of frontline villages in June.

Speaking during his latest nightly address on Thursday 27 July, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky claimed the recapture of another village.

That came after even his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin was forced to admit the Ukrainians were making advances and that the fighting had escalated in recent days.

Anuj Pant29 July 2023 05:45

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Poland’s lawmakers approve divisive law on Russian influence

Poland’s lawmakers voted Friday to approve an amended but divisive law on Russian influences believed to be targeting the opposition and criticised by the US and the European Union.

The law was proposed in May by Poland’s ruling right-wing Law and Justice party and critics see it as primarily targeting opposition leader and former prime minister Donald Tusk, before a parliamentary election scheduled for this fall. Following criticism, president Andrzej Duda proposed urgent amendments to tone it down.

Anuj Pant29 July 2023 05:30

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Ukraine’s troops advance around Bakhmut despite intense artillery fire from Russia’s forces, military say

Kyiv’s troops are pushing through heavy intense artillery fire from Russian forces to advance in the east of Ukraine, the commander of the country’s armed forces has said.

Colonel General Oleksandr Syrskyi said that despite meeting stiff resistance, Ukraine’s ground forces are making “gradual advances in the direction of Bakhmut in the eastern Donetsk region. The city, which is now occupied by Russian forces, has gained symbolic significance for both Kyiv and Moscow having been the scene for some of the most intense fighting of the war.

“The enemy fiercely clings to every centimetre, conducting intense artillery and mortar fire,” Col Gen Syrskyi said in a statement.

Chris Stevenson has more.

Anuj Pant29 July 2023 05:15

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ICYMI: Russian and Belarusian players banned from a women’s tennis tournament in Prague

Russian and Belarusian players will not be allowed to participate in next week’s Prague Open, the organizers of the women’s tennis event said Friday.

The announcement came a day after police prevented a Russian player from entering the country, organizers said.

Miroslav Malý, the director of the hard-court tournament, didn’t identify the player. Malý said she was the first participant with a Russian passport to arrive in the country.

He said organizers approached other Russian and Belarusian players through the Women’s Tennis Association to tell them not to travel to Prague.

Anuj Pant29 July 2023 05:00

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Why is Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin back in Russia after leading a 24-hour mutiny against Vladimir Putin?

A month on from the Wagner Group’s extraordinary attempted mutiny against Russia’s military establishment – which saw its fighters leave their posts in eastern Ukraine, occupy the city of Rostov-on-Don and march on Moscow before a last minute peace deal was agreed – the mercenary group’s founder, Yevgeny Prigozhin, appears to be back in his homeland.

Under the terms of the truce brokered between Mr Prigozhin and Vladimir Putin by Belarussian president Alexander Lukashenko on 24 June, the former was said to have agreed to resettle in Belarus while his troops were ordered to report to camps in that country before either rejoining the Russian military or stepping away altogether without fear of prosecution.

Anuj Pant29 July 2023 04:45

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Ukrainian fencer disqualified for refusing handshake with Russian opponent

Jane Dalton29 July 2023 04:00

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Russia tortures nuclear engineer, Ukraine energy firm says

Russia has been illegally holding Zaporizhia nuclear power plant engineer Serhii Potynh since June and subjects him to torture, Ukraine’s state nuclear energy company Energoatom has reported.

According to the company’s statement on Telegram, Mr Potynh was seen at a police station where the occupation authorities held other employees of the plant and local residents.

“Serhii, held in actual captivity by the Russians, is regularly subjected to torture and physical violence,” it said.

The Russians reportedly take him for hospital treatment after every round of torture so that he does not die, the statement said.

Jane Dalton29 July 2023 02:55

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Significance of Ukraine’s territorial advances so far

Ukraine has reported regaining further ground from invading Russian forces along the eastern and southern fronts in July as its counteroffensive continues. Joe Sommerlad reports:

Jane Dalton29 July 2023 01:50


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